Companion to Road Passenger Transport History

Companion to Road Passenger Transport History coverThe Companion to Road Passenger Transport History spans almost two centuries of the development of British road passenger transport, from horses and the first mechanically powered trams and buses to hybrids and hydrogen buses; and from stage coaches to motorway express services.

R&RTHA members  order form (£40 inc p&p).

Non-members order form (£50 inc p&p)

The Companion will be launched on Wednesday 2 April commencing at 4 pm at the Confederation of Passenger Transport’s offices at Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HA. Addresses will be given on behalf of the publication’s sponsors, by Giles Fearnley, Managing Director UK Bus, FirstGroup PLC; and by a representative of Stagecoach PLC. Click for the Companion to Road Passenger Transport History Launch invitation.

Through a range of articles the Companion explores every aspect of the industry’s history, and will be an essential reference work for anyone with an interest in road passenger transport. It is the second encyclopaedic work of reference prepared by the Roads and Road Transport History Association and follows the Companion to British Road Haulage History, published in 2003.

The 730 page volume comprises some 850 entries by 150 expert authors, covering all forms of public passenger transport by road, including buses, coaches, trams, and taxis, as well as minor modes such as rickshaws and sedan chairs.  These are approached from many different perspectives, including vehicles, operators, services, legislation, regulation, key individuals, the industry’s customers, cultural aspects, and technologies in use and developed during the period covered.  Entries provide a comprehensive overview of the topic, along with a range of key references to further reading to guide the reader in their further exploration of topics of particular interest.

Other features include:

  • Preface by Sir Moir Lockhead, First Group plc
  • Foreword by Sir Brian Souter, Stagecoach plc
  • Bibliographically annotated historical introduction
  • Comprehensive bibliography of books and pamphlets, reference sources, legislation, government publications, journals, major series of articles and principal archives
  • Chronology of key dates
  • 128 photographs, the majority previously unpublished
  • French and German Summaries: Résumé Français; Deutsche Űbersicht


4 thoughts on “Companion to Road Passenger Transport History

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    1. admin Post author

      This comment is truncated as it arrived via Pingback – there are so many ways to post! Will the sender post the entire comment? It sounds very interesting. Thanks, John.

  2. Robert Howard

    Hello, I would like to purchase a copy of the ‘Companion to Road Passenger Transport

    Can you please tell me how I do this?

    Thank you.

    Robert Howard
    Beeston, Nottingham


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